Hens Do Crow! Dec. 13, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The monthly Sargent County breakfast was held in Arizona this week. For those of you who could not make it to the warmer climate, here is what the group did (thanks to Curt Larson):

“Six persons met on Monday, December 9 at the Golden Corral for the monthly Sargent County Breakfast. Those present were: Al Ciota & Clarice Ordahl; Jim & Kathryn Gaukler, and Curt & Renee Larson. We were a small group, but had plenty to eat and a good conversation. I received word that Duane & Sharon Lock are on their way south, but wouldn’t arrive until the afternoon. We are hoping that a few more will show up for the January 13 meeting. During the January meeting, Renee and I will actually be in Washington state visiting our daughter, Melissa; husband, Dave; and our four grandchildren, Elise, Nora, Cayley and Trina. Mom and Dad will be travelling to San Diego for a church meeting, while we stay in Redmond, WA and watch their children. They don’t need any babysitting, but may need to be chauffeured to after school activities. We may use them to help navigate our smart phones and Smart TV. They are growing up fast; the oldest, Elise, has her driver’s permit now.

Weather here today has been overcast with scattered rain showers and temps in the upper 50’s, long pants weather. Brrrr! Temps later in the week will be in the low 70’s and back to wearing shorts.

That’s all the news from the partly-sunny Phoenix metro until next time. Keep smiling.”

Curt Larson

The Rutland Community Club met on Monday, December 9, with seven members present. The first item of business was to finalize the Santa Day activities for Saturday, December 14. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with bingo and kids crafts and a free-will taco bar.  On January 5 and 12, the RCC has the Kids in the Kitchen cooking up corn dogs, pizza pinwheels and making homemade ice cream and puppy chow. The RCC received a $300 grant from Dakota Valley Electric to cover some of the food costs. The Anderson Pinochle tournament will be February 1 and Work Group 2 will be handling the food; a point person will be determined in January. Also in February, the LineBenders will have a performance in Rutland with a social hour prior to the performance. The Missoula Children’s Theater has been contacted about handling the Community Play in 2020. The group will provide all the costumes and Rutland needs to provide the people. They can handle groups as small as seven performers up to 60. The cost is $3,000 but the ND Council for the Arts has a grant available for $1,500. President Katie McLaen will contact the group to try to get them in 2020. The RCC authorized the purchase of a popcorn machine at an estimated cost of $150.00. Rutland Fun Night will be held March 15th and will be similar to last year’s event. Marcia Brakke has agreed to coordinate the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, 2020, and a toy budget of $1,500 was approved. The RCC approved an expense of $250.00 to continue to have the Uffda Happens Here! Brochures distributed at several ND Tourism rest stops. In January, the Club will determine whose terms are up with the election(s) taking place in February. The next meeting will be January 13, 2020. On Tuesday, Katie McLaen contacted the RCC members to report that the Missoula Children’s Theater will be in Rutland June 22-27, 2020, with the play Rumplestiltskin. It was their only available date left so they must have just been waiting for the call. 

That’s all from Rutland this week. Be sure to get to town on Saturday for Santa’s visit and to play bingo and celebrate the tree lighting. The tree decorating committee is hard at work getting the lights on the tree for Santa’s visit. 

Hens Do Crow! May 17, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Rutland Community Club met on Monday, May 13th, at the Rutland Hall. The new list of work groups will be on the new Rutland website for easier access; the online version will not include telephone numbers; each Chair assigned to an event will have the numbers so they can contact their group members. Katie McLaen will Chair the Memorial Day luncheon on Monday following the program presented by American Legion Bergman-Evenson Post #215 and the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary. There will be a potluck dinner following the morning program. The Club authorized purchase of nine flowerpots to be placed along First Street that will be tended by the area businesses where they are placed. Katie has been checking on the cost of new flags along First Street and due to their cost, she will check on getting a metal sign instead. The Block Party will be held Thursday, June 6, with burgers on the grill and lots of games planned for the event. A Chair is still needed for Uffda Day and should be determined by July 1 to allow the event to happen this year. The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Hall, hosted by the Leinen Family for the past eighteen years, will be assumed by the Club due to Jeanne’s ‘retirement’. Jeanne’s help will be needed to help organize the event to keep it as exciting and fun as the Hunt’s held for the past many years.

The Uffda Day Committee is looking for the next Miss Lefse and Mr. Lefse! Children aged 5-12 years old are eligible to apply with applications due by Wednesday, May 30th to Wendy Willprecht in Forman. Contact Wendy with your child’s name, age, address and telephone number along with an answer “Why would you like to be Mr. or Miss Lefse?” The Mr. and Miss will be crowned at Rutland Fun Night on Thursday, June 6. The responsibility of the royals will be to represent Rutland in the Uffda Day Parade that will be held on Sunday, October 6.

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Hens Do Crow! – May 10, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The Boys Vocal Group achieved an Outstanding Performance at the State Music Contest.
L-R: Thomas Mehrer, Tyler Banish, Eric Bergeman, Ethan Bergeman, Emmett Bergeman, Noah Kujanson.

On Friday, May 4th, several Sargent Central High School students, their teachers and some parents headed to the North Dakota State Music Contest to display their talents and compete against other students in the Class B section. Sargent Central earned 9 ⭐️ performances at State Music, and also received three Outstanding performances. Congratulations to Eric Bergeman on his flute solo, Thomas Mehrer on his vocal solo, and to the six members of the boy’s vocal group who performed Shenandoah – Tyler Banish, Emmett Bergeman, Eric Bergeman, Ethan Bergeman, Noah Kujanson, and Thomas Mehrer.

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Hens Do Crow! April 26, 2019

By Deborah Banish

The 18th Annual Rutland Community Easter Egg Hunt was organized, produced and presented by the family of Jerry & Jeanne Leinen on the morning of Saturday, April 20, 2019, in the Rutland Town Hall. Leinen family matriarch and primary organizer of the event, Jeanne Leinen, reports that 1,015 Easter Eggs, one dozen more than last year, each one containing a prize or a prize certificate, were hidden throughout the Hall, waiting to be discovered by the 87 youngsters who enthusiastically participated in the event. After the eggs had been found, the boys and girls were admitted to “Grandma’s Garden,” where they were allowed to choose gifts from a vast selection compiled by Jeanne since Easter of 2018. In a new event for this year, the “Willy Wonka Contest,” youngsters who Found the Golden Tootsie Pop Stick were entered into a drawing for age appropriate gifts. Willy Wonka winners were: 0-2 years old, Vagda Schuster, Starbuck MN – Water Park Set; 3-4 years old, Corbin Carlson, Rutland – Race Game; 5-11 years old, 3 Winners: Eli Olson, Rutland – Blue Tooth Boom Box with Speaker; Brooklyn Pherson, Rutland – Frogger Video Game; Julia Mahrer, Rutland – Drone Flyer; The “Grand Prize Winners were: 0-1 year old, Bronson Heting, Napoleon ND – Stuffed Bunny Rabit; Dylan Gulleson, Rutland – Elephant Parade; Vagda Schuster, Starbuck MN – Little Girl’s Kitchen; 2 year old: Raegan Roney, Rutland – Little Girl’s Kitchen; Lincoln Mahrer, Rutland – T-Ball set; 3 year olds (3): Mia Leno, Wahpeton ND – Pony Land; Ruth McLaen, Rutland – Pony Land; Reece Halmrast, Rutland – Adventure Force Robot; 4 year olds (4) Keegan Dockter, Hugo MN – Gorilla; Marckus Gray Hawk, Fairmount ND – Superman Tower Garage; Natalie Hanson, Forman – Keyboard; Adalyn Mahrer, Rutland – Princess Kingdom; 5-7 year olds (5) Kyler Pherson, Rutland – Road Racing Set; Cohen Jensen, Wyndmere ND – Folding Spiderman Scooter; Brooklyn Pherson, Rutland – Nail Polish Maker; Chino Gray Hawk, Fairmount – Bee-ol-ogy learning Kit; Paislee Pherson, Rutland – 2 Little Treasure Dig Boxes; 8-11 year olds (2) William Kromschroader, Fisher SD – Camera Drone Flyer; and, Camden Bidle, Medina MN – 9” electronic Tablet. A special Grand Prize, a “Talking Rocking Horse,” was won by Mia Leno of Wahpeton. Debbie Banish of Rutland won the only adult prize, a pair of ceramic Easter Bunnies. Deb’s age bracket was not disclosed. About 100 parents, grandparents and other onlookers were on hand to observe all of the activity while enjoying a cup of coffee and a cupcake. A large, pink Easter Bunny who bore a striking resemblance to Jim Brown was also Making the rounds, visiting with kids and posing for pictures. The happy event ended on a down note, though, and with a challenge to the Rutland community. Jeanne Leinen announced that the 2019 Easter Egg Hunt would be her last as Chairperson, although she is willing to assist anyone who steps up to take over organizing the event. Jeanne states that the Easter Egg Hunt is several times larger than it was back in 2002, and she is now 18 years older than she was back then, too. The Rutland Community extends its thanks and appreciation to Jerry & Jeanne Leinen and their family for organizing and producing this event that has become an Easter tradition in Rutland. Thanks to Jeanne Leinen for the names of prize winners and the other information in this article.

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The Rooster Crows – January 18, 2019

by Bill Anderson

When it’s Winter in Dakota, and we’re frozen, cold and blue; When we’re stoking up the furnace and opening up the flue; When it’s Winter on the prairie, and we’re battling ice & snow; We’ll be glad we’re warm and cozy, ‘cause it’s only 15 below.

Tim & Jodi Bogenreif of Moorhead MN were Rutland visitors on the afternoon of Saturday, January 5, calling on 2 of Jodi’s cousins, Paul Anderson and Bill Anderson of this community. Jodi is a granddaughter of the late Rudy & Edna Anderson of Rutland, and one of the daughters of Marilyn Anderson, formerly of Wahpeton and now of Moorhead, and the late Arden C. Anderson, a member of RHS Class of ‘60. The Bogen reifs were accompanied by Jodi’s Mom, Marilyn, by their son, Darien Bogenreif, now a Freshman at The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and by a friend of Darien’s, Miss Gretchen Espedal of Ada MN. During their visit in Rutland, the Bogenreifs accompanied Bill Anderson on a tour of The Old Parsonage at 217 First Street, where they checked out the construction work now in progress and joined the Anderson brothers for an early supper at The Lariat Bar where the Special Of The Day was a steak & shrimp “Turf & Surf” combo.

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The Rooster Crows – March 19, 2010

By Bill Anderson

The V formations of Canada geese beating their way north through gloomy skies and drizzly rain, coupled with the rush of water from melting snowdrifts, muddy roads and slush filled yards, portend impending Spring in Rutland and vicinity. The hardy Canada geese, among the first of the migratory waterfowl to move north each year, are already setting up housekeeping in their usual locations, while local soybean and corn growers are marking the sites in preparation for the annual anti-depredation campaign that will soon commence. The vanguard of the snow and blue goose migration is now in Nebraska and heading this way, a point of interest to those who wish to participate in the Spring Conservation Hunting Season now open on those wily birds. Sunshine and temperatures in the 40’s on Tuesday and Wednesday brought a lift to the spirits and put some spring into feet that have been slogging through the winter bearing the weight of 5-buckle overshoes for the past several months. Mother Nature even removed some snowbanks to expose some green grass in honor of St. Patrick’s day. The forecast is calling for a relapse into winter conditions for the weekend, but Winter’s icy grip has now been broken. This is not the end, but it most assuredly is the beginning of the end.

If you have been thinking that 2010 has had some dark and gloomy days so far, you have been right. The National Weather Service for North Dakota reported last week that there was fog and overcast conditions on 54 of the first 68 days in 2010. If the old-timers’ were right about getting rain 90 days after a fog, we are in for an abundance of precipitation during the months of April, May and June. Don’t put your overshoes away just yet.

Rural mail carrier Jim Lunneborg escaped serious injury from an exploding battery on his farm on Thursday evening, March 4. Jim had the battery charger hooked up to the battery on an old tractor that had not been started for a while and, when he hit the switch to crank the engine over, the lead-acid battery blew up. He had intended to move the tractor from the shed where it had been in winter storage to make more room for calving cows. The hard plastic of the exploded battery case shattered one lens in his eyeglasses and left him with several cuts on his face and forehead. Fortunately, there were no acid burns. The incident did keep Jim off the mail route for a couple of days, though, until repairs to his eyeglasses were completed. It is expected that there will be no permanent scars on Jim’s handsome visage. No report has been received on the condition of the tractor. Jim is a collector of vintage Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment, and some of the local aficionados are concerned about possible damage to the tractor, too.

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The Rooster Crows – March 12, 2010

By Bill Anderson

The 27th annual Rutland Sportsmen’s Club Fish Fry held here on Friday, March 5, drew another full house to the Rutland Town Hall. Advance tickets totaling 550 had been sold before serving started at 5:00 p.m., and 531 had been redeemed by 9:00 p.m., when the fryers shut down. In the on-going battle between the pan-fryers and the deep-fryers, the evening started out with the deep-fryers pulling out to a narrow lead according to an informal, unscientific survey taken by Club member Bill Anderson. The pan-fryers closed the gap by the middle of the evening, though, according to another informal, unscientific survey taken by Club Secretary/Treasurer Travis Paeper, and, by the end of the night the consensus was that the annual taste test competition had ended in a draw. Both crews will be refining their seasoning recipes throughout the year, and the competition is expected to resume at it’s usual red-hot and sizzling level on the first Friday in March of 2011. Raffle winners were: Diane Nelson of Milnor, a .243 cal. Remington Model 700 Varmint Rifle; Dennis Andrews of Britton SD, a laptop computer; Corey Mahrer of Forman, a digital camera; Sandy Hanson of Forman, a digital trail camera; and, Doug Speicher of West Fargo, Leupold binoculars.  The Rutland-Cayuga Volunteer Fire Department equipment fund was the recipient of the raffle proceeds.

Edith Pherson returned to her temporary Winter home at 415 Anthony Street on Thursday, March 4, after spending a few days at the Oakes Hospital and about a month visiting at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Jeannie & Jerry Johnson at Alberta MN. Edith plans to return to her Tewaukon Township farm home as soon as Spring arrives. She took in the Sportsmen’s Club’s fish fry at the Town Hall on the Evening of Friday, March 5, in the company of her daughter, Marlys Erickson.

Bill & Mary Woytassek departed Rutland on Friday, March 5, headed south. They plan to spend the Easter holiday with their son & daughter-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Rob Woytassek, at their southern California home, before returning home to put in the crop this Spring.

Brian Pherson and Jason Smykowski arrived back in Rutland at 3:30 on Sunday morning, March 7, completing a one-shot drive from Wichita Falls TX where they had attended the annual Custom Cutters Convention during the preceding week. Brian reports an interesting convention that consisted of 80% business and 20% other activities, some of them entertaining. He said that the winter wheat crop in Oklahoma and Kansas looks real good at this time, with the stands appearing lush, green and thick. Brian and Jason also report that the snow cover ends about ¾ of the way across Nebraska, with no significant snow on the ground in Kansas, Oklahoma or Texas. The Pherson Combining crew will be heading for Oklahoma to begin harvesting the 2010 crop in about 10 weeks.

A number of Bald Eagles have been observed around Rutland recently, moving through the area on their annual migration to northern nesting sites. This magnificent bird, nearly extinct only a generation ago, was brought back from the brink of oblivion by the enactment and enforcement of the Endangered Species Act and other common sense environmental regulations. Those who loudly proclaim that, “Government can’t do anything right!”need only to gaze upon the magnificence of the Bald Eagle as it soars across the prairie sky to prove the hollowness of their assertion. The government did not make the Bald Eagle, but the people, acting through their government, did save it, for this and future generations.

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